Blended Learning?

George Roberts, Emerge, Aug 10, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting. If you consider the concept of 'blended learning' you soon realize that many things can be 'blended', not just delivery models. Things like role, focus, and curricula. And if you can blend many things, then there is the possibility that different overt and covert curricula can be blended. "From this perspective the key affordances of e-learning, flexibility, community and individualisation are problematic. Against flexibility might be set a return to piecework and insecurity." Via Graham Attwell. See also George Roberts on community consolidation: "Communities don't just happen. There needs to be organisation, structure, coordination, focus and planning." Of course, some communities 'just happen' - lots of them do - Roberts is talking of a specific subset of communities, of intentional communities.
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